A Pre-Travel Guide to Chile – Everything You Need to Know

Before making the hop over to Chile, here are some useful tips that could come in handy when planning your trip!

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Before you come:

Packing your bags: There is no wrong time to come to Chile. Though the winters, running from June to August, can be rather nippy, the opportunity to explore the snowy caps of Los Andes more than compensates for the cold weather! Chile has an unparalleled variety of stunning landscapes, spanning from The Atacama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the south, which present a plethora of weather conditions. Make sure to bring warm layers for the cool desert nights and mountain hikes. However don’t forget to bring shorts and sun tan cream, as the summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and beyond!

Vaccines:

It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Remember to take a trip to your doctor before your visit to Chile. Although it has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, Chile faces different health challenges than you might find in your home country. Expect to have a couple of precautionary jabs, however don’t let that put you off visiting this incredible destination!

The Boring bit-Visas:

Chile recognises that it has an astounding variety of attractions to offer to tourists, and consequently offers free tourist visas up to a period of 90 days, with the possibility of an extension following a simple application process to citizens of 91 countries. However, citizens of Mexico and Australia, be prepared to pay a small fee upon entry if you enter Chile through Santiago.

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Once you’re in Chile:

Congratulations you’ve made it, soak up the atmosphere, have a picnic at sunset as Los Andes takes on an incredible pink glow, and make sure to have a glass of wine or two! While you’re busy enjoying yourself don’t forget these two things:

Safety:

Don’t let any negative stereotypes of Latin America affect how you feel about Chile, it’s extremely safe for tourists. Los Carabineros (The Chilean police force) pride themselves on being a non-corrupt organisation, while crime rates are lower than anywhere else in South America. Of course keep an eye on your valuables as pickpocketting does happen, however you can expect a safe, trouble free stay in Chile.

Money:

One of the few inconveniences of visiting Chile is the charge of $5-$7 to withdraw cash as a foreigner. Try and bring over some Chilean pesos for spends and don’t forget to check with your card providers on their fees for use overseas. Hotels and tour activities can often be paid for in dollars by card or in cash. If you can, try to use the ATMs as little as possible to avoid the charges.  Alternatively you could check out Monzo, a bank which allows you to use your card abroad with no fees!

You’ve got a lot to look forward to in your visit to Chile and there is an incredible variety of things to get up to. To whet your appetite, check out this excellent selection of activities here!

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